If you find yourself in the middle of a contested child custody case, it goes without saying that you'll have many challenges to deal with as the days go by.
In the state of Florida, if you are in trial and unable to remember the specifics of a particular event, you have the right to use a journal to refresh your memory. Here are some of the many tips to follow when creating a journal to help with a child custody case:
-- Write the journal yourself
-- Date each and every entry (you may even want to include the time)
-- Include as many specific details as possible
-- Make note of any witnesses to a particular incident, along with their contact information
-- Do not use the journal to jot down your personal feelings on the matter
-- Be careful about what you write
-- Stick to the facts and only the facts
-- Make note of anything that your spouse is doing wrong, such as missed visitations
At our law firm, we always tell clients to prepare a journal if they are going through a contested child custody case. You may assume that this is a waste of time, but it can definitely come in handy in the future.
Nobody wants to deal with this situation, as it can lead to additional tension and stress on all parties involved. However, if you have no choice, it would be in your best interest to keep a comprehensive journal full of all the most important details related to your child custody case.